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Baer market: North buys as South pays

October 17, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

In volatile times, the North Hagerstown boys soccer team takes -- and owns -- stock in its high-scoring striker.

So, on Thursday in the renewal of the crosstown rivalry with South Hagerstown, it was definitely a Baer market for the Hubs.

Michael Baer scored three goals to provide the difference in the No. 4 Hubs' 5-2 win, spoiling Senior Day for the Rebels.

Baer produced his 14th, 15th and 16th goals of the season, including the Hubs' first two of the match. It made the two goals each by teammate Roland Wilson and South's Nick Ziolkowski a wash in the long run.

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Baer led an aerial attack for North (8-4), which took the high road for three of its goals in a highly physical game that had a tinge of a revenge factor for motivation.

"We played (South) last year and they beat us 2-0," Baer said. "We came out and played hard."

North jumped out quickly as Baer scored from point blank on goalkeeper Saeed Roberts for a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute. Ziolkowski evened the match in the 17th minute on a high, sweeping 25-yard shot over goalkeeper Joel Henry's head and into the top left-hand corner of the net.

"I thought that would be our moment," Ziolkowski said. "But then we got sloppy and started committing too many fouls. I tried to tell the guys to calm down."

The Hubs then went upstairs.

Baer connected on a 40-yard free kick off the left sideline, lofting it high and dropping it in just out of the reach of South's Chip Rittenhouse for a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute. Wilson scored on a header from 10 yards out off a headed assist from Alex Rauch off a corner kick, giving the Hubs a 3-1 lead at the half.

"I like to have them keep it on the ground, but South put a lot of pressure on us and took us out of what we like to do," said North coach Glen Singer. "We have some strength in the air. We try to work the ball off the edges and get to the middle."

South tightened its defense and created some opportunities for itself, but couldn't catch the Hubs.

Baer broke away from the pack and got ahead to win a one-on-one confrontation with a 20-yard shot to the left side of the goal in the 48th minute. Wilson scored on a second header in the 52nd minute to give North a 5-1 lead.

The Rebels started working the ball and peppered a pair of shots off the crossbar before Ziolkowski hit from 18 yards out to close the scoring.

"(North) scored off a couple of free kicks and we had some silly fouls," said South coach Marc David. "We didn't play smart at all in the first half."

The Rebels got swept up in the physical play, which resulted in three yellow cards.

"The fouls kept happening," Ziolkowski said. "None of that scoring wouldn't have happened if we played the way we're supposed to play. What can I say? ... We're not pros."

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